Today, MLA for Shuswap Greg Kyllo announced $800,000 in funding to improve flood protection in the Township of Spallumcheen on behalf of Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto.
This funding will improve flood protection of the area currently administrated by the Fortune Creek Drainage and Diking District by improving the current berm and dredging the channel. The Township of Spalllumcheen also agreed to accept the operation and maintenance of this berm if the government decides to transfer it at some time in the future, allowing this berm to be part of Spallumcheen’s flood mitigation planning into the future.
In addition, as part of $2.13 million provided to the Fraser Basin Council (FBC), $1 million will benefit the region in supporting the FBC to conduct an inventory and engineering assessment of all orphan or unmanaged dikes in British Columbia. This assessment will evaluate the structural conditions of the dikes and determine the cost to upgrade the dikes to provincial standard and to acquire at-risk properties. The goal of this project is to assess the risks to local communities and to help facilitate the transfer of diking authority to local governments.
This is all a part of a broader set of more than $80 million invested in emergency preparedness and mitigation. Some of these investments, which will have positive benefits throughout the province, include:
- $32 million to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to be administered by UBCM that will include items like $3 million for flood risk assessments, floodplain maps and flood mitigation plans, $20 million to fund flood mitigation projects, and $4.2 million emergency social services.
- $5.5 million for the BC Search and Rescue Association for essential supports to search and rescue (SAR) volunteers, the SAR prevention program AdventureSmart, the acquisition, maintenance and upgrading of rescue equipment, and deployable communication systems to assist in communication in B.C.’s backcountry.
- $500,000 to Avalanche Canada to support public education and avalanche alert throughout B.C.
- $100,000 to PEP Air to support capital purchases and recognize the effort of the volunteer air search and rescue teams throughout the province.
MLA for Shuswap Greg Kyllo –
“The Township of Spallumcheen is a small community that experiences regular flood risk, and this agreement is a great addition to the ongoing investments in flood protection. The broader supports for the Fraser Basin Council and the Union of BC Municipalities will insure that communities like Spallumcheen can access much needed information and support for flood mitigation.”
Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness Naomi Yamamoto –
“The over $80 million in investments in community emergency preparedness will help us better withstand floods, fires, or earthquakes that could impact our province. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility that begins in every home, in every business and across all levels of government. This funding is another of many provincial investments and initiatives to help keep British Columbians safe.”
Insurance Bureau of Canada, vice-president, Western & Pacific, Bill Adams –
“Disasters can have lasting physical and financial impacts on Canadian communities. That is why the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and Canada’s property and casualty insurers are committed to working with all levels of government to help make our country safer, stronger, and more resilient. IBC applauds this important funding announcement which will help municipalities across British Columbia better prepare for disasters. As a partner in emergency preparedness, IBC will continue to work with all stakeholders to make our cities and towns more resilient in the face of increasingly frequent and severe natural disasters.”
- Over $60 million in flood mitigation investments in a number of communities is represented in the Province’s March 15 announcement of over $80 million in emergency preparedness. Since 2008, the Province has committed $182.7 million towards flood mitigation projects in over 200 communities in B.C.
March 15 announcement of over $80 million in emergency preparedness: http://ow.ly/HLN4309YrGO
BC Government flood prevention and planning: http://ow.ly/HeWh3007cDc
PreparedBC provides resources on how to build and emergency kit and how to prepare your family and community for emergencies: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/preparedbc
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